"You're Doing What? is an inspirational and insightful call to action to its readers. These stories are certain to encourage women - and men - of all ages to view aging as an opportunity to act on long deferred or never before-imagined dreams." - Congresswoman Barbara Lee
"How refreshing it is to sample a collection of essays by women of a certain age who ignored biases and barriers that discriminate against women, gave themselves permission to climb steep mountains, tore up the rulebook of tradition, and launched their own search for adventure, discovery, and meaning. Their stories are as unique as each of these women." - Eleanor Coppola, filmmaker, writer, artist
"Marjorie Lasky's book is a revelation, an entertaining read and perfect retort to all who wrongly assume that age renders women useless and incapable. These thoughtful, frank, and inspiring essays by older women show how human spirit can transcend age as they take on new challenges and adventures head-on and full of heart." - Helen Zia, former Executive Editor of Ms. magazine and author of the forthcoming book Last Boat out of Shanghai
Editor: A professor in the Contra Costa Community College District from 1973-2008, Marjorie Lasky taught Women's, United States, and Latin American History. As an older woman, she finished a PhD dissertation, "Off Camera: A History of the Screen Actors Guild" and a degree in Labor History at UC Davis, served as chief negotiator and president of her faculty union, founded Grandmother's Against War (Bay Area), and, upon retiring, took up the saxophone.
Elise Dirlam Ching -- Elise and her husband, Kaleo, coauthored several books, including The Creative Art of Living Dying & Renewal and Chi and Chi and Creativity. They have co-taught Qigong and art-as-healing classes for the past 23 years at John F. Kennedy University and many institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
B. Lynn Goodwin ("Two Roadsters on the Super Highway") -- B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, and the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT?, Journaling for Caregivers, and Talent. She’s published a memoir, Never Too Late, about getting married for the first time at 62.
Pam McNeilly (“Walls”) -- Pam McNeilly is a Thursday’s Child, and has always had far to go. She grew up in small-town Minnesota, the daughter of a minister and a teacher, and escaped at the earliest opportunity. She is a retired psychology professor from Diablo Valley College.
Rita Delgado ("Mom") -- Although identifying herself as Anonymous in the book, Rita Delgado decided to reveal her identity and participate in this book event. She is a retired counselor from Diablo Valley College.